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Rimbey Snow Dayz raises funds for McKendrick Stables

Alicia McKendrick was killed during a practice before the Ponoka Stampede
Maggi Hessenbruch, manager of McKendrick Stables, accepts the funds raised from the live auction items at the Cutter Parade and Snow Dayz event Jan. 28. (Photo courtesy of Jill Moore)

Despite the cold weather, Rimbey’s Cutter Parade and Snow Dayz were a hit amongst community members.

“Things went ahead well. We had 12 cutters participate and a few new entries, which was really nice to see,” said Doug Rogers, member of the Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club.

Rogers said the K9 dog demonstration was a hit as always and well received by the crowd in attendance.

The event saw three cowboy poets stand up to present, along with a local chore challenge with about nine to 1o teams in it.

“Everyone did a very good job,” said Rogers.

This year’s chili cook off golden pot and golden label winner went to the Evergreen Co-op of Rimbey.

“There was approximately eight pots of chili, so everybody got their fill of sampling and taste testing, and it went over very well.”

This year’s proceeds from the silent auction went to McKendrick Stables, the stable owned by Alicia Jolene McKendrick of Bentley, who was killed last year during a practice before the Ponoka Stampede.

READ MORE: Bentley stable owner Alicia McKendrick passed away ‘doing what she loved’

“This year all funds raised with the live auction items went directly to the manager (Maggi Hessenbruch). The people that purchased the live auction items were Grant and Carol Kiann from Delburne.”

They received two tickets to the Ponoka Stampede performance on Sunday, two for the showdown performance on Sunday, meal certificates from Boston Pizza Ponoka and a statue donated by Jones Boys Ponoka.

Carol Thompson, secretary for the Rimbey Sleigh, Wagon and Saddle Club and a director for the Rimbey Ag Society, said she was happy with this year’s event.

“I think it was another huge success. It’s been a number of years and it’s growing every year and I’m always just so happy to have the community support Snow Dayz. Without them it wouldn’t be a huge success,” she said.

Although the event is free for the public to attend, they do ask for some donations to give back to the Rimbey Food Bank.

”Our idea is to always to give back to the community as much as we can.”